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THE STARFISH STORY

  In the field of humanitarian aid, as in many other fields, most individuals have a story that influences their work. Here in Katerini, Greece, the story that inspires my colleague Alexandra, Coordinator… Continue reading

FALL HAS COME TO KATERINI

  Summer has officially finished in Katerini and the clouds are beginning to settle over Northern Greece for the fall and winter season. In fact, the weather is similar to what I experienced… Continue reading

I NEVER THOUGHT HUNGARY WOULD FEEL SO MUCH LIKE HOME

  When did Hungary begin to feel like home? Honestly, when I left. And then even more so when I returned. We always remember things more fondly after a bit of space, I… Continue reading

MY RELATIONSHIPS WITH BENEFICIARIES IN A NEW CONTEXT

  Many friends and family back in the US have noticed a distinct difference in the way I discuss (or don’t discuss) my work with refugees since moving to Greece, as opposed to… Continue reading

MOTHER’S DAY

  I woke up on Mother’s Day not thinking about my own mother, but rather focusing on the work I had to do that Sunday (sorry, mum!). My supervisor from the US, Peter,… Continue reading

AN UPDATE FROM HUNGARY

  I recently went back to Budapest, Hungary (where I lived for two years as a Global Mission Intern with the Reformed Church in Hungary) for a 10-day holiday and was amazed and… Continue reading

A RAPIDLY CHANGING LANDSCAPE

  Since 2014, the landscape of Europe has been changing at a rapid pace in regards to refugees and other people on the move. Asylum laws are constantly changing, countries are still overwhelmed… Continue reading

GREEK EASTER

  In Greece, the biggest religious holiday of the Christian calendar is Easter (unlike in the US and other western nations, where it’s Christmas). Children have a full two weeks off of school… Continue reading

WHEN YOU DON’T SPEAK THE LANGUAGE YET

  I’ve found that when I move abroad and am constantly surrounded by foreign languages, my brain sometimes panics and speaks in whatever foreign language feels the most familiar – even if it’s… Continue reading

INTENSE CONVERSATIONS AT A PRESCHOOL

  Holistic integration is a multifaceted approach to helping refugee families build new lives in Greece. It takes into account the practical, personal, and social needs of each individual family to make sure… Continue reading